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Victorian Houses : A Treasury of 100 Original Designs Paperback – September 30, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Hill House Publishing Company; 1st edition (September 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970076908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970076908
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,507,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The target audience, including architects, designers, historians and preservationists may find inspiration in the individual details presented in numerous...combinations." -- Old House Chronicle Magazine, Issue 19, Fall 2001

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T Ford on November 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Didn't really like this book. Only front elevation (no floor plans) and very over the top designs. All houses were four storey and not very appealing, there are too many different shapes. The houses looked like dolls houses and seem to have circles everywhere.
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At first glance the book had the Victorian elements that I liked. I thought they might make a good place to start designing a doll house. On second glance it was readily apparent that the author had no knowledge of architecture. Chimneys placed where they could not possibly serve a fireplace, and grossly out of scale for the house. Bays seemingly placed where they were neither serving the top floor or the bottom floor but in between. There were architectural elements that even the Victorians would not have done, like big round dollops of wood under the towers looking like upside down soft serve ice cream and a totally useless ball on the tip.These would be huge if built and not at all in keeping with the delicate gingerbread that decorated most Victorians. Several architectural elements on every design were grossly out of scale and would have looked ridiculous even for Victorians. The designs were numbered but several were very much the same except for a few details here and there, but the designs were scattered and mixed up through the book so that they would seem different.
While the designs seem to have a Victorian flavor they are the imaginings of a movie set designer which the author is. They would be fine for cartoons. If I had designed these as a serious book of Victorian designs I would have gone to a professional architect, even a student architect and asked him to review my drawings. I would also have included floor plans. This book makes me think the author has an auto cad program and threw a bunch of Victorian seeming elements together to make a buck. Still if you corrected the myriad design mistakes and came up with believable floor plans they wouldn't be bad. But who has that kind of time especially to do the revisions on a book touted as being real designs.

Tony Marsico
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